Today marks the delivery of Clay County’s first electric school bus from GreenPower Motor Company. The bus was purchased by the state of West Virginia and is the first of 41 total buses that the State has purchased. This is one of the first four West Virginia manufactured electric school buses that will be delivered to surrounding school districts. Clay County School District was the first school district in the nation to deploy a Type A, all-electric, purpose-built school bus with a wheelchair lift and securements when it put the GreenPower Nano BEAST in service in October of 2022 during the #YesWV All-Electric School Bus Pilot Project implemented by the state of West Virginia and GreenPower.
This upcoming milestone marks the entry of Clay County’s first electric school bus into the school district’s fleet.
“It’s an exciting time for West Virginia and the Clay County School District is ecstatic to receive a GreenPower Nano BEAST Access,” said Philip Dobbins, superintendent of Clay County Schools. “Our participation in the pilot project showed the value these GreenPower all-electric school buses have. A cleaner, safer ride and reduced operating and maintenance costs are benefits widely known. What we also found is the quiet ride of the all-electric bus helps reduce behavioral problems, especially when transporting students with special needs.”
Timeline of events:
-Dec. 21, 2023: GreenPower delivered the Nano BEAST Access to Clay County School District. Clay County School District was the first school district in the nation to deploy a Type A, all-electric, purpose-built school bus with a wheelchair lift and securements when it put the GreenPower Nano BEAST in service in October of 2022 during the #YesWV All-Electric School Bus Pilot Project implemented by the state of West Virginia and GreenPower.
-Dec. 13, 2023: GreenPower announced production of its first all-electric school buses at the WV manufacturing facility. The initial four buses are part of a $15 million order from West Virginia for 41 purpose-built, all-electric school buses.
-Oct. 31, 2022: GreenPower launched its second round of the pilot project where Clay County deployed the first all-electric Type A Nano BEAST with ADA capabilities in the state. The pilot projects were done in cooperation with Gov. Jim Justice, the West Virginia Department of Economic Development and the West Virginia Department of Education.
About GreenPower Motor Company, Inc.:
GreenPower designs, builds and distributes a full suite of high-floor and low-floor all-electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles, including transit buses, school buses, shuttles, cargo vans and a cab and chassis. GreenPower employs a clean-sheet design to manufacture all-electric vehicles that are purpose-built to be battery powered with zero emissions while integrating global suppliers for key components. This OEM platform allows GreenPower to meet the specifications of various operators while providing standard parts for ease of maintenance and accessibility for warranty requirements. GreenPower was founded in Vancouver, Canada with primary operational facilities in southern California. Listed on the Toronto exchange since November 2015, GreenPower completed its U.S. IPO and NASDAQ listing in August 2020. For further information go to www.greenpowermotor.com.